Moving to the country is a big life decision. Any move brings changes, stress and major adjustments in your daily habits. If dreams of organic food, GMO-free eggs, beautiful nature and fresh air are making you move to the countryside, then you are probably ecstatic.
But there’s something else you need to consider if you’re moving to the country
Especially if you’ve lived in the city most of your life, the move to the countryside doesn’t come without setbacks. Prepare yourself for the bad sides of by giving yourself time for transition. Sometimes the escape from a noisy city comes as a true shock to former city dwellers.
- The first few months in a peaceful country house caused people to barely get any sleep, fearful of being alone with no other homes nearby. But that, in fact, is the consequence of city living, with constant news about crime, and all sorts of situations that keep you on edge.
- The transition can be emotionally hard during a holiday move. It will be especially hard if you are still commuting to the city for work.
- After about 6 months you should be getting comfortable with all the new sounds though. Getting to know the new community shouldn’t be a problem, since socializing in the country is not the same as in an urban area. People are more easy to reach and friendships grow in a more immediate manner.
Moving to the country: sides of it that no one talks about
Since you rarely hear stories about transition time in the countryside, we are here to help you with some true info. The frustration, confusion, and maybe even loneliness don’t have to be so bad with some in-depth knowledge. At first, this can be an isolating and disappointing experience –people change their minds and return to the city before the transition expired and everything starts to settle in.
Here are some important points from people who have survived moving to the country. Hopefully, they will make you feel better and braver going through all the changes.
The toughest adjustments after moving to the country:
- If you are moving from an apartment to a house, you should check out our helpful advice on how to conduct a stress-free relocation.
- Be prepared to see some mice. You can have as many cats hunting as you want, but you should stay realistic. The countryside is mice heaven and you are living with them.
- There is no pizza delivery.
Habits that need to change may come as a surprise:
- Urban and suburban residents make many trips to the local grocery store. But it is different for the average villager. Furthermore, there is little expectation that they will come across someone they know while shopping. They buy a few items and as quickly as possible. In the country, stores aren’t close and working hours are shorter. Shopping at a country store means that you will get to know the community. Farmers and ranchers spend a lot of time working their land, so a trip to the local store could lead to very extended conversations.
- Schedule your trip to the groceries once a week because everything is farther away than in the city. You will probably have to plan your meals too.
- Bad roads. Goat roads are common, so the drives are not as smooth as in the city.
- Maybe at first you will miss the fun of music, shows, house concert parties, meeting new people all the time – but in the American countryside the friendships are different, they are steady and stable. Your neighbors become your family.
But your next door neighbor does not live right next to you.
- Learn how to fix things. Fixing a leak or a hole in a fence is not as easy as calling a service company. Your neighbors are counting on you to be an honorable member of the community. Water pumps can break or the well can run dry unexpectedly. The next door neighbor’s pigs could get into your garden and make holes. A herd of cattle could go astray and end up grazing a neighbor’s field.
- You should keep a friendly attitude. If a neighbor needs help, feel free to offer a helping hand. Such an offer may not always be needed, but it will certainly be remembered. There will come a time when a problem arises and the homesteader may need additional assistance too. Your helping hand will be necessary. Your favors are returned of course, especially if you are a newcomer. So don’t be a loner, and reach out to your new community.
No traffic. Hurray!
- Trash could be a problem or you could be happy about composting and maybe you will burn it. Still, note that the garbage trucks come to pick up trash much more rarely than in the city.
- You will make new friends but they could be noisy. Living in a village can lack entertainment so people gossip and meddle.
- The adjustment from working at a desk behind a computer, and transitioning to the physical strength required on the farm is not to be underestimated.
Some losses are imminent
- You will not always be warm. The heating system is not like in the city. In the winter maybe you won’t be keeping the whole house warm, for example, hallways will be freezing.
- This lifestyle can be such a huge transition for some of your friends that they can stop being your friends. It also takes time to be accepted into a new community.
- Lack of emergency services – it can take a very long time, what seems like an eternity, for the ambulance to get to a house. Especially if you are somewhere isolated.
All in all, you are in for a calmer life
As you can see, there are a lot of things happening to our fellow modern villagers. There are adjustments that they didn’t expect, didn’t hope for, or were life-changing events. Therefore, as you plan to move out of Miami and to the country, really inspect this list and try to answer the question, “How would I go through this transition the best prepared as possible?”.